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Aloise, Eva M. 87

  • Moon Township
  • Born: 1928-06-23
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Eva Mae (Rodkey) Aloise, 87, of Moon Township since 1986, formerly of Bethel Park, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Heritage Valley, Sewickley. She was born June 23, 1928, in East Berlin, Pa., to the late George and Nora (Spahr) Rodkey. She was the beloved wife for 63 years to Leonard P. Aloise; loving mother of Anthony Aloise (Sharlene), of Villa Hills, Ky., Leonard Aloise (Janice), of Fallston, Md., Elizabeth Mattina (Michael), of West Chester, Ohio, Catherine Bullock (Paul), of McKees Rocks, and Michael Aloise (Cheryl), of Allison Park; cherished grandmother of Anthony Jr. (Christy), Andrew, Christopher, Bethany (Brian), Neil, Ross (Brooke), Sarah, Matthew, Grace, Kelley (Dan), Cara, Jennifer (Ed) and Terri (Shawn); great-grandmother of Lilly, Tony, Cason, Kirra, Chase, Colin, Myles, Dylan and Devan; sister of Marie Skaggs and Caroline Harris (Bill), all of Oklahoma, John Rodkey (Virginia), of Texas, and the late George Rodkey; and sister-in-law of Elva Rodkey, of Oklahoma. Eva was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church and Robin Hill Homemakers. Visitation from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the COPELAND MOON TOWNSHIP FUNERAL HOME, 981 Brodhead Road. Please meet for Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Margaret Mary Church. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Eva loves flowers, or consider making a donation in her name to American Diabetes Association.
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Averell, Mary B. 87

  • North Side
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Heard, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary B. "Betty Mae" (Hart) Averell, 87, of the North Side, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John W.; loving mother of Janet (Rob) Fabrizio, Judi Shuster, Joyce (Tom) Carrigan and Paul (Lori) Averell; proud grandmother of Rachel, Erica and Tyler; great-grandmother of Landon; and sister of the late Jack and Billy Hart. Betty Mae was an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the HEARD FUNERAL HOME INC., 4047 Perrysville Ave., 412-931-0200, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Barton, Ruth S. 88

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1927-01-27
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Ruth S. (Schmelz) Barton, 88, of Hampton Township, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, while under the care of Vincentian Personal Care. Born Jan. 27, 1927, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Hilda (Baessler) Schmelz. Mrs. Barton was a secretary with Hampton School District for 27 years. She belonged to Hampton Presbyterian Church. Ruth belonged to Eastern Star Chapter 6 and was active in the AARP 595 chapter. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Barton; sons, Russell (Mary) Barton, Andrew (Joyce) Barton, Warren (Susan) Barton and Philip (Linda) Barton; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Naomi Kieffer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Barton, who passed away Feb. 17, 1973. Mrs. Barton's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Hampton United Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ted Martin officiating. Everyone please meet at church. She will be laid to rest at Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Ruth's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Bebout, Theresa M. 84

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Theresa Mary Bebout, 84, a longtime resident of Bethel Park, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the wife of the late Leo Brooks Bebout, beloved mother of Brooks (Suzanne), of Red Lion, Pa., Rhea Hass (Randy), of Mt. Lebanon, and Amy Tullys (Steven), of Bethel Park; sister of Marie Haines and the late Mae Sims, Louise Moore, Geneive McMurray and Joseph Monsour; loving grandmother of Katie, Jennifer, Danny and Jesse; also great-grandmother of Landon and Isabella. Theresa was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church, vice-president of the Bethel Park Lioness Club, Gold Card Club and the Red Hat Society. Visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joan of Arc Church. Private interment. Contributions may be made to the Bethel Park Lioness Club, 1493 Berryman Ave., Bethel Park, PA 15102. www.davidhenneyfuneralhome.com.
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Burro, Sarah A. 82

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1932-10-15
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Sarah A. "Sally" Burro, 82, of Gibsonia, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Born Oct. 15, 1932, in Jeannette, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Fidelis (Jones) Birk. Mrs. Burro was a longtime parishioner of St. Victor Roman Catholic Church. She resided at Steeplechase for many years. Most of all she loved her family, especially her granddaughter. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Gino Arlotti) Flit-Arlotti, and granddaughter, Kimberly Flit, all of West Deer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Burro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in St. Victor Roman Catholic Church with Father Charles Speicher as celebrant. She will be laid to rest at Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. Arrangements have been entrusted to KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Sally's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Colonello, John E. 85

  • Valencia
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • John E. Colonello, 85, of Valencia, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 57 years of the late Mary Joan (Broderick) Colonello; loving father of John (Paula Jean) Colonello, of Mars, Richard Colonello, of Gibsonia, Thomas Colonello, of Phoenix, Ariz., and William (Wendy) Colonello, of Valencia; brother of Rocco "Pete" Colonello, and the late Edward, Francis and Anthony; proud grandfather of nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; also survived by many nieces and nephews. John worked for more than 40 years for Bell Telephone. He was president of union Local 40 for 20 years. John had been retired for 20 years. He was treasurer of BS Investment Club for 10 years. John was a 1948 graduate of Mars High School where he was drum major of the band and was a standout basketball player. In 1980, he was inducted into the Mars Sports Hall of Fame. He loved hunting and fishing, yard work, golf, gambling and all Pittsburgh sports teams. The Colonello Family will welcome family and friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Blessing services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with interment to follow in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery. Family suggests donations to Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 E. Cruikshank Road, Butler, PA 16002. Please offer a personal condolence in memory of John at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Crane, Randolph R. 60

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1954-09-30
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Randolph Robert Crane, 60, of West Mifflin, formerly of Pleasant Hills and Syracuse, N.Y., passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 30, 1954, to Vincent G. Crane and Dolores F. Teetsel, of Clairton. Randy is survived by ex-wife, Gina Fleischman, of Cheswick; daughter, Carina Crane, of Springdale; son, Anthony (Jenny Hancock) Crane, of Cheswick; brothers, David (Maryann Genestra) Crane, of Clairton, and Jeffrey (Kimberly) Crane, of Elrama; grandson, Gino Crane, of Springdale; nieces and nephews. He was a 1972 graduate of East Syracuse-Minoa High School, an HVAC manufacturer's representative, enjoyed cooking and spending time with his family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at SM FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place at the funeral home, immediately following viewing. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Croskey, Lucille L. 78

  • Gibsonia
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Lucille L. "Lou" Croskey, 78, of Gibsonia, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 58 years of Samuel P. Croskey; loving mother of Samuel Mark (Sarah) Croskey, of Gibsonia, Nellie (Charlie) Black, of Sarver, Pauline (Jeff) Bauer, of Kane, and Pam Croskey-King, of Valencia; sister of June Pelles, of Gibsonia, and the late Dorothy, Fred, Howard and Betty; dear grandmother of Marc, Alexa, Brooke, Rebecca, Olivia, Melissa, Samuel, Adam and Abby. Always a smile on her face, Lou loved working outside in her gardens and flower beds and spending time outdoors bird watching. A passionate cook and baker, she was known for her amazing pies, especially at the holidays. Above everything, Lou loved being with her family and watching her grandchildren grow. She will be dearly missed. Friends will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home following visitation. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Dorseyville. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Cubakovic, Pauline 89

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1926-07-01
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Pauline Cubakovic, 89, of West Mifflin, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at home. She was born July 1, 1926, in Webster, a daughter to the late Nikola and Anna (Fritch) Radosevich. She was a secretary at Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Beth Jacob Synagogue. She was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, McKeesport, the GFWC-Women's Club of Duquesne and the Holy Trinity Kolo at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. She was the beloved wife of the late Rudolph Cubakovic; mother of Paul "Crusher" (Mary) Cubakovic, of San Antonio, Fla., Bruce "Rughead" (Denise) Cubakovic, of West Mifflin, and Brian "Crusher" (Sandy) Cubakovic, of West Mifflin; grandmother of Eric (Becky) Cubakovic, Jennifer (Regis) Makowski and Brent, Matthew and Ginger Cubakovic; great-grandmother of Duke and Mallory Makowski and Quinn Cubakovic; sister of the late Mildred Brown and George, Stanley and Nicholas Radosevich; sister-in-law of Hugh Brown, of West Mifflin; also survived by nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Pomen Service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by burial service at 10:30 a.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church with the Very Rev. Stevo Rocknage. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Cunningham Jr., Robert J. 76

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1938-08-08
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Cunningham Jr., 76, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Wilkinsburg, and was a son of the late Robert J. Cunningham Sr. and the late Cleone Bardes Cunningham. He was an electrical engineer and retired from Duquesne Light Co. He was the beloved husband of Nancy L. McCarthy Cunningham; father of Christine (Mike) Haas, of Claridge; and grandfather of Alex and Anna Haas. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Cunningham. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at 412-208-3550 or the American Cancer Society at 1-888-227-5445. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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DeArmit, Nelda J. 89

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Nelda J. DeArmit, 89, of McCandless, after a brave and courageous fight, entered eternal life on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William A. DeArmit; and mother of Randy DeArmit (Connie), of Zelienople, and Janice Rees (Bill), of Cranberry Township. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jodie Perry, Justin DeArmit, Jaclyn Burr, Ashley Rees and Aleisha Rees; two great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Margaret DeArmit; nieces and nephews; and many friends. Nelda's infectious personality made her a friend to everyone she met. We love you, we will miss you and we will cherish all of the memories. May the road rise to meet you, may the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand. At Nelda's request, there will be no visitation or service. Arrangements are entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., West View. Donations in Nelda's name may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 or The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 269 Hanover St., Building 3, Hanover, MA 02339. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Dinkfelt, Raymond M. 87

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1928-06-28
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Raymond M. Dinkfelt, 87, of White Oak, a faithful servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was born into eternal life Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. The husband of the late Bernice C. (Ditillo) Dinkfelt; dearly beloved father of Raymond (Diane), Richard (Kathy) and Robert (Ginny); dear grandfather of Jamie (Robert Gogo Jr.), Brian, Brad and Carolyn; loving great-grandfather of Robert Gogo III; brother of Tillie Hatcher, Richard (Nancy) and the late August, John, Albert, Oates, Charles, Clarence and William; brother-in-law of Anthony and Peggy Ditillo and June (the late Ted Ditillo); uncle of many nieces and nephews. Ray was born June 28, 1928, in Braddock, to the late August and Mary (Rentel) Dinkfelt. He and his beautiful, loving Bernice were married Aug. 26, 1950, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Braddock. Ray was a master carpenter and member of the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, 412-823-4054. Service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church, 400 Barclay Ave., Forest Hills, PA 15221. The family is deeply grateful to the exceedingly kind and compassionate nurses and staff of Concordia Lutheran Ministries at Rebecca Residence and Good Samaritan Hospice at Rebecca Residence and Concordia Cabot. Interment to follow at Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock. Memorial contributions can be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 400 Barclay Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221. www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Donahoe, Anna 83

  • Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1932-01-08
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Anna "Jane" Donahoe, 83, formerly of McKeesport, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian. She was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Homestead, a daughter of the late James B. and Josephine Kist Gleason. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George J. Donahoe, whom she married May 29, 1954, in the former St. Mary Magdalene Church in Homestead; a brother, Bernard Gleason; and a sister, Mary Jo Lang. A 1949 graduate of Homestead Senior High School, she was a retired retail clerk from J.C. Penney Company, and a member of Corpus Christi Parish (former St. Pius V) in McKeesport. Surviving are her children, Debra (Dan) Wilson, Diane (Larry) Holtzman and Dave (Belinda) Donahoe, all of Dravosburg, Denise (Mark) Ellis, of Green Castle, Pa., Daria (Larry Jr.) Sobek, of Ashburn, Va., Dana (James) Mihalik, of Wexford, and Dan (Beth) Donahoe, of North Huntingdon; also surviving are 18 grandchildren; great-grandson, Jayden; brother, James Gleason, of Allison Park; a sister, Margaret Jean Rodgers, of Mt. Lebanon; numerous nieces and nephews; and her special love, Jim Englert, of McKeesport. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, and from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Thursday in Corpus Christi Church with the Rev. Michael J. Maranowski as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's German Cemetery, McKeesport. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Estok, Edward M. 85

  • Born: 1930-06-05
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Edward M. Estok, 85, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born June 5, 1930, in McKeesport, to the late Michael and Elizabeth Komar Estok. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia Laird Estok; sons, Gregory (Kelly) Estok, of Duquesne, and Paul (Mary) Estok, of Brunswick, Ga.; brothers, Michael (Maryann) Estok, of White Oak, and Paul Estok, of Versailles; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings, Betty Jane Estok and Bernard Estok. Edward worked at U.S. Steel National Tube for 37 years and retired as an inspector in Quality Control, he was a great role model and father to his children; very proud of his Slavic heritage and was an extremely spiritual individual. He was known for his generosity and kindness; he helped everyone from family to strangers. He will be deeply missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Corpus Christi Church.
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Francic, Virginia M. 79

  • Bradfordwoods
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Virginia Mae (Sestric) Francic, 79, of Bradfordwoods, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the loving mother of John (Gracie) Francic, Mary Ann Francic, Michael (Virginia) Francic, Stephen Francic, Helen Marie (Steven) Kashmer, George Francic and James Francic; also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Alphonsus Church, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Ave., No 1606, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Glenn, Kathy J.

  • Plum Borough
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Kathy Jane (Sabotka) Glenn, of Plum Borough, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Doug Glenn (Natalie) and Susan Altstaetter (Mark). Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Glenn; son, George Glenn; father, Chester Sabotka; mother, Mary Ellen Sabotka; and sister, Sidney Florence Guido. Kathy is survived by many siblings, grandchildren, a great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces as well as many of the best friends a person could have. Kathy was a beloved member of the community and the Oakmont Presbyterian Church. She will be remembered for her immense generosity, her unending love of animals and the many, many hearts that she touched in her life. She will be missed by all. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, where a service will be held at 2 p.m. in the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Animal Protectors, 533 Linden St., New Kensington, PA 15068. Online condolences may be made at www.englishfuneralhome.com.
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Gray, Johanna M. 93

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Johanna M. (Mulgrave) Gray, 93, of Forest Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 69 years of William J. Gray Jr.; loving mother of Beth (Jim) Smith, of Forest Hills, Dan Gray, of Regent Square, Janice Gray Landisch, of Wisconsin, Gretchen Gray (Dennis) Hagen, Bill (Janice) Gray and Amy Gray (Greg) Wagner, all of Murrysville, and the late Kathy Gray Gordon (surviving spouse, Lowell, of Ohio); treasured grandmother of Ashley, Erin and Lauren Smith, Kate Gordon Uber, Bill, Dan, Patrick and Megan Landisch, Matthew, Eric and Hilary Hagen, Ian, Morgan and Ellen Gray and Brian, Mark, Hanna and Ben Wagner; proud great-grandmother of Miles Roger and Emerson Michael; sister of the late Jack (late Dolores) Mulgrave and the late Norman (Marge) Mulgrave; also survived by nieces and nephews. Johanna was a retired secretary for Churchill and, later, Woodland Hills School District. While raising her family, Johanna was an active volunteer with the Churchill Swim Club and the Forest Hills Swim team, and she served on the Forest Hills Recreation Board. She was a member of the Forest Hills Women's Club and served on its scholarship committee. Johanna was a longtime member of St. John Fisher Parish and its Ladies of Charity. She was a devoted wife and awesome mother, unsurpassed in her dedication to her children, and all of their friends. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. John Fisher Church. Friends welcome. Memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony School, 2000 Corporate Drive, Suite 580, Wexford, PA 15090 (www.stanthonykids.org); Special Olympics, 401 First St., Carnegie, PA 15106 (www.specialolympicspa.org); or Focus on Renewal, 701 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136 (www.forstorox.org).
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Hardy, Ann M.

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Ann M. (Colondrea) Hardy, of Swisshelm Park, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the wife of the late John J. Hardy; loving mother of Darlene A. Hardy, of Swisshelm Park; sister of the late Josephine Poklemba, Marteo Colondrea, Philomena Marchitello, John Colondrea, Catherine "Katie" Rossi, Mary Colondrea and Joseph "Herbie" Colondrea; also many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and also great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Word of God Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Hirth Jr., John H. 88

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1926-12-23
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • John H. Hirth Jr., 88, of McCandless, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was born Dec. 23, 1926, in West View, a son of the late John H. Hirth Sr. and Jennie (Rohrbacher) Hirth. John was a proud veteran of the Army Air Corps, having served during World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Bell Telephone as systems technician. John had a longtime involvement with the Boy Scouts of America, first as a youth and then as a scout leader. His devotion to scouting was recognized with his receipt of the prestigious Silver Beaver Award. He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth S. (Stark) Hirth; loving father of John H. (Sue) Hirth III, Ronald E. (Kathy) Hirth and Shirley Lynn (John) Dunham; and brother of Carl (Jackie) Hirth and the late Don (Ruth) Hirth. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the HP BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Condolences may be offered at www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Huffman, Georgiabelle 86

  • Formerly of Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Georgiabelle "Bette" Huffman, 86, formerly of Jefferson Hills, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard G. Huffman Sr.; daughter of the late Matthew and Jeanette Worthy; mother of Kathleen (Tony) Paull and Richard "Rick" (Mary Ann) Huffman; grandmother of Tony, Ricky and Melissa; also two great-grandchildren; and sister of Eugene (Betty) Worthy, of White Oak. She was preceded in death by four brothers. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, South Park Township, (412-655-4600). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Jefferson United Methodist Church. Condolences may be offered for the family at www.GriffithFH.com.
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Jones, Gregg D. 51

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Gregg D. "Hawk" Jones, 51, of White Oak, formerly of West Mifflin, passed unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was the beloved son of Ellie and the late David "Birdman" Jones; father of Jennifer Jones and Jessica Jones; brother of Debbie Cimino; brother-in-law of Bruce Cimino; uncle of David Cimino; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Gregg was a member of the Local No. 3 Iron Workers Union for more than 25 years. Friends received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Angels Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. www.swgfunerlahome.com.
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Katz, Beatrice F.

  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Beatrice F. Katz passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Alvin Katz; beloved mother of Jay (Peggy) Katz, Barbara Katz and Bob Katz; grandmother of Braum and the late Asher Katz. Friends may meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, and then proceed to Ohav Zedeck Cemetery for 11 a.m. graveside services. Contributions may be made to Sivitz Jewish Hospice, 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. www.schugar.com.
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Kecman, Bertha 91

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Bertha (Boja) Kecman, 91, of West Mifflin, died peacefully Thursday, July 30, 2015. She is a daughter of the late Stevo and Milka (Taburlin) Kecman. She worked for U.S. Steel Irvin Works for 41 years and enjoyed many years of retirement. She is survived by her sister, Lucy (Luchie) Pcholinski, of West Mifflin; also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Milan, Sam and Nootsie Kecman; and sisters, Millie Pupich and Mary Klenovsek. There will be a one hour viewing at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St., McKeesport, followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Locust Grove, Sycamore Estates and Vitas Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church. Funeral arrangements by TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne.
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Kvederis, Joseph J. 77

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph James Kvederis, 77, of Scott Township, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was beloved husband of 57 years to Antoinette M. (Barrett) Kvederis; son of the late Joseph A. and Mary Jeremko; loving father of Deborah (Russ) Walter, Joseph (Cathy) Kvederis, Judy (Marty) Smith, Michael (Gwen) Kvederis, the late Karen Kvederis and the late Jeff Kvederis; father-in-law of Cindy Kvederis; proud grandfather of Adam, Jeffrey and Justin Kvederis, Jason Horner, Megan (Stephen) Patrick, Joe Kvederis, Joey and Melissa Smith, Brenda, Logan and Nathan Walter, Michael and Ben Kvederis; great-grandfather of Erik Kvederis; brother of the late Jim Kvederis, late Bernie Kvederis and the late Jeanie Kvederis; stepbrother to John (Vickie) Jeremko; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the Hillman Cancer Center, Dr. Dan Pietro and Stephanie and Cathy for all the care they game to Mr. Kvederis; also the Heart Transplant team at Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland, Dr. Teuteberg, Shelly, Chavonne and Dr. Mike. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace Church. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to the Hillman Cancer Center, Third Floor, 5155 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232; and to the Heart Transplant-Presbyterian Hospital, 200 Lothrop St., Suite C-915, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Mahoney, John P.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, North Hills | Get Directions
  • John P. Mahoney, of Ross Township, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 66 years to Pauline R. (Mayer) Mahoney; loving father of Kathleen M. Collins (Richard) and Charleen L. Miller (Timothy); and brother of the late Mary Ann Hundertmark, Frances Larkin, Virginia Partoli and Aloysius A. Mahoney. He also is survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076, 877-426-2838.
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Masterson, Linda A. 44

  • Formerly of Point Breeze
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Linda Ann Masterson, 44, formerly of Point Breeze, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of the late John and Mary Jo Masterson; cherished sister of Mary Ellen Miller (Chuck), John J. Masterson and Carolyn Swain (Trevor Piotrowski); loving friend of Jerry Kundis; devoted aunt of Chuckie and Kassandra Miller, and K.C., Brian, Laura and Lindsey Swain; also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Linda loved animals, especially her canine companion, Sadie Mae. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MCCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOMES, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Bede Church.
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McDermott, Samuel T. 101

  • Ben Avon Heights
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Samuel T. McDermott, 101, of Ben Avon Heights, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Todzonia McDermott; loving father of Samuel T. "Ted" McDermott Jr., of North Miami Beach, Fla., and Nadine L. "Dee" McDermott; grandfather of Samuel T. (Cristina Serrano-McDermott) McDermott III and Charles W. McDermott; and great-grandfather of Amaya and Orion McDermott. Samuel worked for United Airlines for more than 40 years and was well liked within the company throughout his various locations across the country. His work with the airlines during World War II was his contribution to the war effort. He became an avid golfer in his 50s and continued into his 90s. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Online condolences may be offered at www.pinkertonfuneralhome.net.
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Shockling, Barbara K. 73

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1942-06-15
  • Died: 2015-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Barbara K. Shockling, 73, of Plum Borough, passed peacefully Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 15, 1942, in San Francisco, Calif., a daughter of the late Arthur E. and Carolyn G. Hanley Snider. Barbara worked for OSU College of Medicine as a medical administrator and later as an administrator for Koppers Chemical, Monroeville. Barbara is survived by her beloved husband, Larry A.; two children, Andrea L. Shockling and Michael A. (Valerie E.) Shockling; two grandchildren, Avi S. Chetlin and Finley J. Shockling; two brothers, Terry A. Snider and Craig S. Snider (Vickie M.); a sister, Carolyn J. Smith; and two brothers-in-law, Dale P. (Carolyn S.) Shockling and David L. (Diane L.) Shockling. Friends and family are invited to join in a celebration of her life from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at her home, 116 Teton Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15239. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Staub, William W.

  • Formerly of Lawrenceville and Aspinwall
  • Born: 1946-11-08
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: D'Alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • William Webster Staub, formerly of Lawrenceville and Aspinwall, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at 5:45 p.m. William was born Nov. 8, 1946, in Pittsburgh, to Harry Webster Staub and Lois Janice Staub. He is survived by his sister, Judith Staub (Robert) Tusky; niece, Regina (Jeffrey) Gelpi; nephews, Billy Staub and Keith VanRiper; aunts, Alma Staub and Nancy Staub; great-nephews, Jeremy, Ethan, Justin and Devin; and cousins, Sandy Arenth (Tom) Elardo and Edward Arenth. Bill had a great love for music, classical movies, enjoyed going to musical plays and enjoyed traveling. He was a record aficionado with an extensive record and movie collection. During his life he was a compassionate person with others, always willing to help and lend a hand when needed to family, neighbors and friends. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 until time of service at 8 p.m. Thursday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville. Gifts in Bill's memory may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Vey, Robert G. 85

  • Friendship
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Robert George Vey, 85, of Friendship, died Friday, July 31, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Dolores M. Vey; father of Karen S. Vey; and brother of the late Virginia Mason and Patricia Vey. He also is survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, Friendship Campus.
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Zippel, Paul E. 66

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Paul Edward Zippel, 66, of Franklin Park, died unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Noreen (Giachino) Zippel for 35 years; dear father of Adam Paul (Katie) and Lauren Alyse (Ryan); son of the late Arlene and Edward Zippel; and brother of Daniel E. Zippel. Paul was a respected design architect whose company was Studio Z Architects. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. until the time of services at 12 p.m. Thursday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, River Walk Corporate Centre, 333 E. Carson St., Suite 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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Ager, Shelby A. 48

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1966-08-05
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Shelby Anne Ager, 48, of Jeannette, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, at her residence. She was born Aug. 5, 1966, in Latrobe, a daughter of John and Joanne Mainc. She was a graduate of the Jeannette Senior High School, Class of '84, and played on the Jeannette Ladies Basketball team. Prior to her retirement, Shelby was employed by the Department of Welfare. She is survived by her husband, Kevin J. Ager; a daughter, Paige Ager; a grandson, Armani Williams, both of Irwin; a brother, Tom Mainc, of Philadelphia; sisters, Brandy Bisi and husband, Rod, of Derry, and Tawney Roller, of Seattle, Wash.; nieces, Alyssa Roller, who also was her goddaughter, of New York, and Samantha Roller, of Seattle, Wash.; and an aunt and special friend, Libby Ambercrombie, of Ohio. Friends will be received by Shelby's family from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, PA 15644, at which time a blessing service will take place in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding.
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Birt, Lillian M. 80

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1935-06-23
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Lillian M. Birt, 80, of Greensburg, passed peacefully to be with the Lord, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Hempfield Manor. She was born June 23, 1935, in Manitoba, Canada. She was the beloved wife of 60 years to Almon; and loving mother of Dayton and Lynn Birt, Darrell and Lisa Birt, Debbie and Bill Prohaska and Dawn and Scott Rose. She is survived by her sister, Wilma Dell, of Ontario; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly; and numerous nieces and nephews. She retired from Menasha Corporation in Madison in 2000, where she worked for 25 years in the accounts payable department. She was a member of Life Springs Church, formerly Liberty Christian Church, founded by both she and her husband in 1977. She enjoyed various sports like bowling, volleyball and softball. She spent many years active in the church as a Sunday school teacher, choir director and played the piano and saxophone. The family would like to send a special thanks to all the staff and caregivers from Hempfield Manor, Excela Hospice and From the Heart. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Life Springs Church, 314 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Greensburg. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with her son, the Rev. Bishop Dayton Birt, officiating at Life Springs Church and followed by the graveside ceremony. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Charmo, Brandon M. 24

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1991-03-12
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Brandon M. Charmo, 24, of Irwin (Herminie No. 2), passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 12, 1991, in Pittsburgh, son of Raymond D. Mireles Jr., of Irwin, and Joyce (Charmo) Krznaric, of Latrobe. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Bob Charmo; his paternal grandmother, Mary Ellen Mireles; and his nephew, Christian Yemc. Brandon was currently employed by Fassett Manufacturing Co. in Wendel as a machine operator. He enjoyed painting, drawing, tattoos and anything that had to do with art. He had a heart of gold and enjoyed having a good time with his family and friends. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Irene Charmo, of Latrobe; three brothers, Raymond W. (Heather) Mireles, of Herminie, Jesse Krznaric, of Manassas, Va., and David (Haley) Crowley, of Wrightstown, N.J.; his sister, Shannon Ustazewski and her fiance, Rodney Yemc, of North Huntingdon; three nieces, Jennifer (Dan), Alexandra and Raven; nephew, Ashton; and great-niece, Danika. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, who loved him dearly. Brandon will forever be remembered for his smile and kindness. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Irwin.
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DePalma, Michael J. 27

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Michael J. DePalma, 27, of Level Green, died tragically Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He is the dearly beloved son of Denise (Cognito) DePalma, of Level Green, and the late Joseph DePalma; and cherished brother of Nicole DePalma, of Level Green. Michael was the proud uncle and godfather of Santino Agapito. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Michael was a 2006 graduate of Penn Trafford High School and was a 2011 graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in business administration. He was employed as a consultant with CBS Corporation in Pittsburgh. Michael enjoyed golfing with his friends and taking good care of his treasured dogs, Prince and Bella. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Regis Church, Trafford. Michael will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Destefano, Dolores L. 90

  • Monessen
  • Born: 1924-08-22
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Dolores L. Destefano, 90, of Monessen, died Friday, July 31, 2015, in Greenery Specialty Care, Canonsburg. She was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Monessen, a daughter of the late John Gagatko. Dolores was a 1942 graduate of Monessen High School. She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Monessen and the former St. Leonard's RC Church. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and dedication to her children. She is survived by her son, Timothy Destefano of Carroll, Ohio; daughter, Rebecca Destefano of St. Joseph, Mich.; granddaughter, Susan Slezak of Blairsville; and great-grandchildren, Bobby and Maria Slezak. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph "Doc" Destefano; brothers, Eugene, Donald and Elmer Gagatko; and sisters, Lillian Basko, Alice Zawoyski and Donna Gagatko. A funeral service and Interment were held Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Mon Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Michael Crookston, officiating. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the DALFONSO-BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 441 Reed Ave., Monessen, 724-684-8750. Condolences accepted at www.dalfonso-billick.com.
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Johnston, Jan T. 76

  • Greensburg and Mutual
  • Born: 1938-12-18
  • Died: 2015-08-02
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  • Jan T. Johnston, 76, of Greensburg and Mutual, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, from heart failure. He was born Dec. 18, 1938, a son of the late Stanford V. and Margaret Fultz Johnston, of Youngwood. He was employed by R and IE, The Powder Horn, The Collectors Shop, ABB, Arco Enterprises and D and R Industrial Center. Jan enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking and photography. He was a graduate of Greensburg High School, Class of 1956. He was a member of Youngwood Sportsman's Club, NRA, Hecla and United Slovak-American Clubs, Youngwood Moose, VFW and A and B Clubs and Midway Fireman Club. He is survived by his wife, Dolores "Dee" Johnston, of Midway; a son, Jan R. and wife, Wendy, and children Lauren and Jaden, of Mutual; a daughter, Judi and husband, Steve Fleming, of Summerfield, N.C.; a daughter, Jennifer Murrary and children, Jonathan, Jessica and Justin, of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Jeb and daughter, Ashley, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; a daughter, Joelle Wetzel and son, Elijah, of Youngwood; a son, Jason and sons, Jeremy and Gabriel, of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and a stepson, Andrew and Shannon Papier and sons, Evan and Rilan and daughter, Carly, of Greenville, S.C. He was preceded in death by an infant brother in 1937 in Youngwood; a brother, Jay B. "Sandy" Johnston, of Youngwood, and Woolrich, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Lorie Papier, of Greensburg and Anchorage, Alaska; and his black lab, Shadow. There will be no services or viewing as Jan donated his body to Lifequest Anatomical. The quest to continue the advancement of science, medicine, research and education through the legacy of life. In lieu of flowers, Jan suggests you visit or take a friend to dinner while they are still living and you can talk to them instead of standing around looking at them when they are dead. Amen.
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Kelly, David R. 67

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • David R. Kelly, 67, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. He was an Army veteran formerly employed at the Kmart in Edgewood Towne Centre. He was a son of the late Edward and Alice (Ghrist) Kelly; and husband of the late Frances "Pinky" (Folino) Kelly; beloved father of Robert "Rob" Kelly (the late Wendy Warren Kelly), Kimberly (Christopher) Maier, Anthony D. "Tony" Kelly and the late David Kelly; grandfather of Brianna, David, Anthony and Brandy Lynn Kelly; brother of Janice (Charles) Inks, Larry (Nancy) Kelly, Diane (Richard) Alberts and the late Edward Kelly; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family and friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding Ave., PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Prayer service at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, followed by entombment with military honors in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
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Kolar, Margaret 91

  • Ruffsdale
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Galone-Caruso, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Nana" Levine Kolar, 91, of Ruffsdale, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Family and friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday edition of the Greensburg Tribune-Review. www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.
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Lagattuta, Lawrence S. 87

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1928-02-22
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Cardaro, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Lawrence S. "Sammy" Lagattuta, 87, of New Kensington, formerly of Beechview, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. He was born Feb. 22, 1928, in Pittsburgh, to Simone and Pauline Costanzo Lagattuta. A graduate of Langley High School, he served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and was a U.S. Postal letter carrier. He was a founding member of St. Pamphilus Church, Pittsburgh, and a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Lower Burrell. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Anthony Gerard; and son-in-law, David Bray. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn Roman Lagattuta, of Springdale; children, Joseph, Carla, Lawrence, Maureen, Paula, Michael, Theodore, Sally, Roseann and Jeffrey; grandchildren, David, Andrew, Tara, Jessica ,Brian, Alexandra, Madeline, Alexander, Samuel, Mia, Marina, Cara and Elizabeth; and great-granddaughter, Gemma. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, a service oriented funeral home, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, 724-337-3325. Prayers of Transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Hazelwood. The Lagattuta family will welcome all family and friends, especially those who were unable to travel for the viewing or Mass, to meet for light refreshments and a time of remembrance of Larry from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Pamphilus Social Hall, Beechview. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made in loving memory of Sammy to Angels of Hope, Food for the Poor, Florida, or Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Leechburg. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to www.cardarofuneralhome.com.
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Pritts Jr., William 75

  • Stahlstown
  • Born: 1940-06-02
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Donegal | Get Directions
  • William Pritts Jr., 75, of Stahlstown, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born June 2, 1940, in Bullskin Township, a son of the late William H. and Lois G. (Howard) Pritts. He was a veteran having served in the Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a mechanic with the United States Government. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two daughters, Wanda L. Longo and Brenda L. Hunter; and two brothers, Donald Pritts and Charles Pritts. He is survived by his wife, Wilda S. Pritts; daughter, Connie L. Cornet; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Evan "Snooky" Pritts and his wife, Phyllis "Chub"; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Bubba. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 322 Church St., Donegal, PA 15628. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Snowball Cemetery, Cook Township, with Pastor Harry Langley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kregar Community Church, 863 Old Franklin Road, Stahlstown, PA 15687.
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Ripple, James C. 79

  • Export
  • Born: 1936-06-24
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • James C. "Jim" Ripple, 79, of Export, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born June 24, 1936, in Greensburg, the son of the late James A. and Helen (Berlin) Ripple. Jim was the manager of Lawyers Abstract Co. in Greensburg for 20 years, until his retirement. He served honorably in the National Guard and was a former Export Borough Council member. He enjoyed boating with his family on the Allegheny River in Kittanning. Jim was a member of the Italian American Club, Export, Export Moose and Elks Club and was a life member of Export Volunteer Fire Department, where he was a former fire chief. Surviving are his beloved wife of 57 years, Phyllis J. (Sleigh) Ripple; two sons, Kenny Ripple, of Export, and Jay Ripple, of Kittanning; a cherished granddaughter, Ashley (Stephen) Burns, of Front Royal, Va.; and two great-grandchildren, Daed and Ryker Burns, whom he adored. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Marnie Silbert officiating. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family suggests memorial contributions in Jim's name to either Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church, 4600 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA 15668 or Allegheny River Development Corp., P.O. Box 364, Kittanning, PA 16201-0364. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Scavincky, Gregory A. 28

  • Penn Township
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Gregory A. "Scuz" Scavincky, 28, of Penn Township, died tragically on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was the dearly beloved son of William E. "Scuzzy" Scavincky and Karen "Mego" (Vastadore) Scavincky; and treasured brother of Kristina (Justin) Lamanna, of Forest Hills, and Bill (Heather) Scavincky, of Penn Township. Gregory was the proud uncle of Giuliana Lamanna and Kendall Scavincky. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Gregory was a 2005 graduate of Penn-Trafford High School and attended Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh. He had worked at various positions and places, most notably as a chef at Disney World in Orlando. Gregory was charismatic with his ingrained ability to easily make friends in almost any circumstance. He enjoyed meeting new folks and he was easy to enjoy in return, as he possessed a genuine love of people. Gregory also was a passionate fan of Pittsburgh sports teams and always appreciated attending their games and the tailgating that took place. Friends welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. Barbara Church, Harrison City. Everyone is asked to gather at church. Gregory will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery at Denmark Manor Church. Gregory's family suggests memorial donations to either the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (www.alzpa.org) or the Myasthenia Gravis of Western PA, 490 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (www.mgawpa.org).
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Selepchak Sr., William J. 87

  • Hunker
  • Born: 1928-05-26
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • William J. Selepchak Sr., 87, of Hunker, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 26, 1928, in West Newton, the son of the late George and Mary (Paulina) Selepchak. Prior to his retirement, he was a former owner of Selepchak Excavating and Paving Co. He was also a former dairy farmer in the Hempfield Township area. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann (Fordyce) Selepchak; and two brothers, George and Elmer Selepchak. Surviving are a son, William J. Selepchak Jr., of Hunker; a daughter, Kathleen E. (Selepchak) Washabaugh and her husband, Vernon, of Hunker; four grandchildren, Jessica Wareham, Ryan W. Washabaugh, Luke W. Selepchak and Molly S. Selepchak; twin great-grandchildren, Beckett A. and Pippalotta C. Washabaugh; two sisters, Pauline Smouse, of Hunker, and Mary Ann Mallory, of California; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father Frank Gan as celebrant. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
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Skalka, Anna M. 97

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2015-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Anna Marie Skalka, 97, of Trafford, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Susan Vojnyik; wife of the late George Skalka; dear mom of Elaine (George) Markon and David (Harriet) Skalka; also survived by five grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Skalka was a devoted member of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church where her father was one of its founding members. At Anna's request, visitation and burial were private. Arrangements were in care of ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, Wilmerding PA 15148, 412-824-4332. Memory eternal Anna.
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Smail, Ruby L. 51

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1964-07-21
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Ruby L. Smail, 51, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born July 21, 1964, in Jeannette, a daughter of Sarah Palmer Pavolik, of Jeannette, and the late Robert Pavolik Sr. She was a member of Life Spring Christian Church, Greensburg, and West Place Clubhouse. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Clarissa Pavolik. In addition to her mother, Ruby is survived by her husband, Dana Smail, of Greensburg; two daughters, Desiree Miller, of Mt. Pleasant, and Brittany Miller, of Youngwood; five siblings, Robert Pavolik Jr. and Melany Rush, both of Jeannette, Tina Pavolik, of Greensburg, Carl Pavolik and Sarah Stauffer and her husband, Glenn, all of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Life Spring Christian Church, 314 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. A gathering will follow at Twin Lakes Pavilion No. 5 on the upper lake. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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Steffey, Theresa 75

  • Harrison City
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Theresa (Curci) Steffey, 75, of Harrison City, passed away suddenly Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 54 years of Henry "Butch" Steffey; loving mother of Sandy Durst, Brenda Steffey, Arthur (Chery) Steffey and Dawn (Steve) Chmill; adored grandmother of Derek Durst, Amanda and Jessica Steffey; sister of Georgia (Ron) Mellinger; and stepdaughter of Josephine Curci. She was preceded in death by Aldo and Cecelia (Soflak) Curci. Theresa was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the America no. 1853, Penn Township Senior Citizens, Young at Heart and the Harrison City VFD Auxiliary. Theresa lived a great life and filled many lives with happiness. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City (724-744-2721). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park. Young at Heart Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. www.LindsayJobefuneralhome.com.
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Trout, Margaret A. 90

  • Mt. Pleasant Township
  • Born: 1925-05-26
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. Trout, 90, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was born May 26, 1925, in Salemville, a daughter of the late Michael J. and Sara Ashbaugh Shanley. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin M. Trout, to whom she was married for 55 years. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, John, Michael, James and Thomas; three sisters, Ruth, Florence and Mary Ellen; son-in-law, Douglas A. Rhome; daughter-in-law, Kathryn L. Trout; granddaughter, Kristen Arlene Trout; infant grandson; and infant granddaughter. Margaret is survived by her children, Melvin Trout Jr., of Luxor, Mrs. Tim (Lea) Delligatti, of Mt. Pleasant, Connie Rhome, of Mt. Pleasant, Ronnie Trout, of Latrobe, and Jerome Trout, of Loyalhanna. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Margaret is also survived by her sister, Kathleen Bell, of Newark, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Holt, of Youngwood. Margaret enjoyed spending time with all her family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, 15674. Margaret's funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the funeral home. Interment will follow in The Middle Presbyterian Cemetery.
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VanSickle, Sylvia J. 77

  • Donegal
  • Born: 1937-10-20
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Sylvia J. VanSickle, 77, of Donegal, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1937, a daughter of the late Charles and EIva Scott Christman. Mrs. VanSickle is survived by her children, Ralph VanSickle and his wife, Christin, of Donegal, Kathy Gigliotti, of Monessen, Daniel VanSickle and his wife, Dalia, of Texas, Jeff VanSickle, of Donegal, and Shawn VanSickle and his wife, Sherry, of Acme; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard Christman and his wife, Pat, of Scottdale; and one sister, Sandy Zufall and her husband, Dave, of Acme. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ralph VanSickle; a son, Scott VanSickle; two daughters, Mary Skovira and Peggy VanSickle; grandson, Ralph Skovira; brothers, Kenneth, Donald and Charles "Dick" Christman. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., corner of Municipal Building Road and Route 711, Melcroft, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Tommy Jones and the Rev. David Hixson co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregivers, Kay and Misty, and Amedisys Hospice for their care and concern for Sylvia during her illness. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Visnic Jr., Daniel G. 79

  • Export
  • Born: 1935-09-06
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Daniel G. Visnic Jr., 79, of Export, died suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1935, in Sloan, N.Y., a son of the late Daniel G. Sr. and Martha (Wuslich) Visnic. Dan lived nearly his entire life in Export. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a fleet manager for State Equipment and was named top salesman for many years, and he was also self employed in the coal strip mining business. He was a longtime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Export and was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. "Big D" will always be remembered for his infectious laugh, compassionate spirit and his generosity. His grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life and he lived for their activities and events. He enjoyed traveling, socializing, having fun, and lived life to the fullest. He was always the optimist who had a great faith in the Lord. Surviving are his beloved wife, JoAnne (Raymond) Visnic; two loving daughters, Dana Lyn Visnic and her fiance, Tim Ford, of Allison Park, and Holly Visnic Pelusi and her husband, Jeffery, of Export; three cherished grandchildren, Jordan, Joshua and Chase Pelusi; brothers, Raymond (Bev) Visnic and Kenneth Visnic; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Raymond) Frechione and Delores Visnic; and nieces and nephews, Mark, Chris, Brian, Barry, Hunter Visnic, Sharon Shivetts, and John Michael and Mark Frechione. In addition to his parents, Dan was preceded in death by a brother, George D. Visnic. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export, with the Rev. Bob Schlotter officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export. The family suggests memorial contributions in Dan's name to RASopathies Foundation, 244 Taos Road, Altadena, CA 91001. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Wagner, Dorothy N. 101

  • Formerly of Scottdale
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Dorothy N. (Newcomer) Wagner, 101, of Orleans, Mass., formerly of Scottdale, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, and will be announced when complete.
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Weidner Hetherington, Michelle P. 64

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Kepple-Graft, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Michelle P. Weidner Hetherington, 64, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, from a lengthy illness. Ms. Weidner was employed by Community Living Care for more than 28 years. She was the heart and soul of the care division of Community Living Care. Her legacy of care will always remain as the agency's goal in the care process of the developmentally disabled population (i.e., "you must truly care to provide quality care"). Michelle lived this motto in all phases of her professional life. Her dedication, love and support for her clients over the years were like no other. She touched so many people along the way with her never-ending support and countless hours of work. Personally, Michelle enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandkids. She loved taking trips to the beach every year, as well as attending her grandson's sports activities. Michelle is survived by her son, Rakyym and his wife, Ranee Hetherington, of Maryland; and her grandchildren, Sani, Raef and Rylee Hetherington; Beau Hetherington, of Greensburg, and Celeste Mulvehill, of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Alexis B. Hetherington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601, with the Rev. Hubert Hutchison officiating. Special thanks to her extended family at Community Living Care; Dr. Provance; Dr. Kowaylk and Excela Health Palliative Care. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
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Yoder, Edward W.

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1931-06-09
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Edward Williams Yoder, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at his home. He was born June 9, 1931, in Hazleton, the eldest son of the late Edward and Beatrice Yoder. Mr. Yoder graduated from Muhlenberg Township High School in Laureldale, class of 1949. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy on board the submarine, USS Burrfish, SSR312. After leaving the Navy, he entered Temple University, and graduated in 1955, and married Carolyn A. Hill that same year. He also began employment at Westinghouse Electric Co. for 33 years, retiring in 1988, during which time he obtained a degree from Jacksonville (Fla.) University in 1960, and graduated from the University of Baltimore as a Juris Doctor in Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1967. Edward also was a life member of VFW Post 33, Greensburg, a member of American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg, and a life member of the US Submarine Veterans Association, the American Radio Relay League, and the Quarter Century Wireless Association as a ham radio operator with the call of W3YMB. Mr. Yoder was a past president of Murrysville Council for two terms and had been president of the Westmoreland County Boroughs Association. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ann Yoder; two sons, Andrew David Yoder and wife, Michelle, of Washington Township, and John Edward Yoder and wife, Kimberly, of Level Green; a daughter, Karen Anne DeSantis and husband, Richard, of Bell Township; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas L. Yoder, of Edgefield, S.C., and F. David Yoder, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Margaret Ann Yoder, of Drehersburg, Pa. Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. Interment with full military honors accorded by the VFW 33 Post Honor Guard will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the US Submarine Veterans Association. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Armstrong County

Sweeney, Richard K. 92

  • Kittanning
  • Born: 1923-07-15
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Richard K. "Dick" Sweeney, 92, of Kittanning, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, peacefully, at his residence. Dick was born in Freeport, July 15, 1923, a son of the late Margaret (Kennedy) and Andrew Sweeney. He was a member of Jefferson Center Presbyterian Church in Saxonburg. Dick served with the Marines during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal for his service to his country. He was a truck driver at Freeport Transport for a number of years. He later worked at the Freeport Brick Co. until retirement. Dick was a life member of the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Department. He also volunteered his time helping at the Syria Shriners in Cheswick, selling raffle tickets for various fundraisers. Dick enjoyed hunting, traveling, camping, playing horseshoes and bike riding. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Louise (Shannon) Sweeney; his four daughters, Diane (John) Shirley, of South Buffalo Township, Kathy (Bob) Chambers, of Canton, Ga., Sharon (Mike) Carr, of Natrona Heights, and Margie (John Hoak) Sweeney, of Natrona Heights; his son, Mark Richard Sweeney, of Carlisle; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; brother, Bob Sweeney, of Buffalo Township; and his three sisters, Betty Thomas, of Greensburg, Jane Redlinger, of Washington, Pa., and Frances Hesselgesser, of Cabot. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Victor, Raymond and Mike Sweeney; and a sister, Mary Lou Riddle. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., Freeport. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the funeral home with Pastor Jonathan West officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Center Presbyterian Church, 390 Frazier Road, Saxonburg, PA 16056. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Butler County

Wheeler, Carole J. 64

  • Adams Township
  • Born: 1951-07-20
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas Sons, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Carole J. Wheeler, 64, of Adams Township, formerly of Forest Hills, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. She was born July 20, 1951, a dear daughter of the late Michael and Norma Jean (Davis) Joyce; beloved wife for 45 years of Harold Wheeler; loving mother of Wayne (Diane) Wheeler, Christine (Keith) Hazen and Melissa Schneider; proud grandmother of Haley, Alexa, Tara, Russell, Todd, Nathan, Morgan, McKenna and Nicholas; and dear sister of Judy Insogna and Michael Joyce. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Franklin Park, PA 15143. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Fayette County

Anastasion, Robert N. 89

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1926-02-02
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Robert N. "Bob" Anastasion, 89, of Connellsville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Bob died peacefully in his home. He was born Feb. 2, 1926, the son of the late Gustavious and Goldie (Richter) Anastasion. Bob was a past employee of the Overholt Distillery in Broadford, a machinist at Duraloy in Scottdale for 39 years and was the custodian at Central Fellowship Church, Connellsville, for 43 years. Bob proudly served his country during World War II, touring the Mediterranean on the USS Kendrick in the position of Yeoman. Bob was an avid golfer, bowler and enjoyed fishing with his family. He became the city of Connellsville's Marble Shooting Champion in 1938. Bob was a member of Central Fellowship Church, where he served his Lord in the position of council chairman, member of the executive board, board of trustees and deacon. The church was Bob's first love. You could always find him working there anytime day or night. He was truly devoted to the church and its members; and the first one to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Bob will always be remembered for his unselfish ways and concerns for others, always putting himself last. He had a loving and positive attitude toward life that he shared with all, and will always be remembered for his beautiful "blue eyes" and his welcoming smile. Bob will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Ruth (Basinger) Anastasion; his daughter, Kathy Krumanacker and husband, Art; son, Denny Anastasion and wife, Cheryle; daughter, Connie Traynor; grandchildren, Dawn (Krumanacker) Forbes, John David Means, Lynn Ann (Means) Liska, Colleen (Anastasion) Myers, Stephanie (Anastasion) McKee, Ashley Traynor and Shaye Traynor; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Ann Canter. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a daughter, Sandy Means and husband, John R.; and two sisters, Della Anastasion and Helen Nocine. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, with the Rev. Ray Keefer officiating. Interment will be private. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Ferencuha, Lewis W. 69

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1946-03-09
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Lewis W. Ferencuha, 69, of South Connellsville, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 31, 2015, in Select Specialty at Latrobe Hospital. He was born March 9, 1946, in Connellsville, a son of the late William L. Ferencula and Veronica A. "Vern" Surniak Ferencuha Livingston. Lewis was a graduate of Connellsville High School, with the class of 1964. He worked as a tool and die marker for General Motors at the Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. Lewis was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, was a life member of the Connellsville Sportsman's Club and the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club. Lewis will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving wife of 38 years, Alice Novak Ferencuha; his sons, Jon Ferencuha and wife, Missy, of Moon Township, and Robert Ferencuha and wife, Holly, of Westmoreland City; his grandchildren, Haleigh and Madison Ferencuha; his brother, William L. Ferencuha and wife, Shirley, of South Connellsville; his nieces, Christine Sheffler and husband, Michael, and Lisa Ferencuha; his aunt, Sophie Zozula, of Scottdale; and several other great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents Lewis was predeceased by his stepfather, Paul W. Livingston. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430, where a blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at noon in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. A committal service and interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Miller, Josephine N. 96

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1919-03-24
  • Died: 2015-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Galley, Dawson | Get Directions
  • Josephine Nancy Miller, 96, of Vanderbilt, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cherry Tree Nursing Home, Uniontown. She was born March 24, 1919, a daughter of the late Mary Pepe Bonadio and Joseph Bonadio. In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Earle Miller Sr., in 2013. She will be sadly missed by her daughter, Nancy Baer and her husband, Bob, of Connellsville; son, Earle Miller Jr. and his wife, Julia, of Elkton, Md.; grandchildren, Robert Baer and his wife, Jamie, of Connellsville, Kelly Baer, of Salem, Va., Jason Baer and his wife, Valerie, of Mt. Lebanon, and Jonathan Miller and his wife, Elisa, of Charlotte, Vt.; great-grandchildren, Jackson Baer, Charlie Baer, Abby Baer, Jay-Jay Baer, Oliver Miller and Samuel Miller; sister, Roslyn Phillips; brothers, Frank Bonadio and his wife, Lois, of Elizabeth, William Bonadio, of Florida, and Henry Bonadio, of South Carolina. She was predeceased by her brothers, Nate Bonadio and Emmett Bonadio. Josephine was a 1938 graduate of Dunbar Township High School, a past Matron of Elizabeth Bower Chapter No. 437 O.E.S., and a member of the Margaret E. Caven Shrine No. 42. Josephine enjoyed going to the Outer Banks, North Carolina, with her family and playing different card games with the group. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the RALPH E. GALLEY FUNERAL HOME, Dawson. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Vicki Lynch officiating. Interment will be in Greenridge Memorial Park.
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Ridgely, Roxanne D. 57

  • Dawson
  • Born: 1958-06-27
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Roxanne Dawn Ridgely, 57, of Dawson, formerly of Greensburg, died peacefully Friday, July 31, 2015, at home. She was born June 27, 1958, at Westmoreland Hospital, a daughter of the late Joan Ramsey. She was a patient care assistant for Westmoreland Hospital and she was a representative for the Lupus Foundation for Fayette County. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death her husband, Kenneth Ridgely. She is survived by a daughter, Tashawna Baranski and husband, Daniel, of Scottdale; grandchildren, Lucas, Arizona and Kevlar; sisters, Becky Ridgley and Howard, of Dawson, Beverly Lewis and Carl, of Greensburg, Jackie Ramsey, of Greensburg, and Amy Ramsey, of Greensburg; brother, Hillary Ramsey, of Greensburg; several nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Diane Homer, of Vanderbilt. Family and friends are invited to gather from 1 p.m. until the hour of her celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Wednesday held at the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville.
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Smiley, Frank D.

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1943-08-26
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • Frank D. Smiley, of Dunbar, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, July 31, 2015, with his family at his bedside. He was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Connellsville, a son of Robert and Clara (Rapach) Smiley. He served in the Navy and retired from the Army National Guard. He retired from the George R. Smalley Co. as an electrician/maintenance person. He was commander of the American Legion Hughes Post No. 146 of Dunbar, a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans and Amvets in Hopwood. He attended Dunbar Baptist Church. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Robert and Charles Lee Smiley; and sisters-in-law, Sally Smiley, Thelma Smiley and Patty Matthews. Surviving is his wife of almost 50 years, Bobbi Jean (Provenance) Smiley; daughter, Dawn L. Smiley and partner, Barbara Fries; brother, Wallace Smiley, of Dunbar; sister, Margaret Deeter (Floyd), of West Columbia, S.C.; brothers-in-law, Robert (Jackie), Bruce, David (Melinda) and Gary (Cheri); sisters-in-law, Mildred Jean Smiley, Priscilla Smiley, Cheryl Wolfe, Wilma Keller (Richard) and Lisa Scholz; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Callie. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and until 11 a.m. Tuesday at BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, where services will follow with Pastor Robert Wrachford officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by AMVETS Post No. 103 Honor Guard.
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Indiana County

McWilliams, Mary A. 90

  • Indiana
  • Born: 1925-05-02
  • Died: 2015-08-02
  • Funeral Home: Rairigh-Bence, Indiana | Get Directions
  • Mary A. (Powell) McWilliams, 90, of Indiana, Pa., passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, Sunday evening, Aug. 2, 2015. Born May 2, 1925, in Verona, she was a daughter of the late Henry H. Powell and Mary Elizabeth (Guill) Powell. Mary worked in the Indiana area for many years. She worked as a medical librarian at Indiana Hospital, an insurance processor for the R and P Coal Company and the North American Coal Company. She also sold insurance policies for Mutual of Omaha. She was well-known for her homemade rolls, jams and jellies. Many will remember her as the "Jam Lady." Mary also had been a past member of the YMCA where she was an active swimmer. She had a contagious laugh and an ever-present smile that will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Mary attended Calvary Evangelical Free Church of Indiana. She'll be remembered by her children, Raymond J. McWilliams, of Ford City, Mona Lee Murphy, with whom she lived with in Indiana, and Robert D. McWilliams and wife, Gail, Knoxville, Tenn. Her grandchildren are Jason, Justin and Jayla; great-grandchildren are Jayla, Jocelyn, Justin Jr., Joseph and Jacob; and her two surviving siblings are M. Lucille Harvey, of Greensburg, and Larry W. Powell, of Apollo. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry Richard McWilliams; and brother, William H. Powell. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at the RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME OF INDIANA. A second visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Her funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., following the visitation hour. Pastor Gino Cosentino will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 100 Ben Franklin Road South, Indiana, PA 15701. Online condolences may be offered by visiting rbfh.net.
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Washington County

Rossini, Donner D. 72

  • Carroll Township
  • Born: 1943-06-12
  • Died: 2015-08-03
  • Funeral Home: Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Donner D. Rossini, 72, of Monongahela, Carroll Township, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in his home. Born June 12, 1943, in Monongahela, he was the son of the late Eugene and Martha (Halechko) Beck. For 36 years, Donner worked as a chemical operator for the Dyno Nobel Corporation in Donora until his retirement in 2005. After graduating from Monongahela High School in 1962 he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a radar man on the U.S.S. Enterprise during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Monongahela and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving are his wife, Jean (Giannamore) Rossini who he married Jan. 1968; three sons, Dean Rossini of Finleyville, Brian and wife, Stephanie Rossini, of Monongahela and Kevin Rossini also of Monongahela; a sister, Jean and husband, James Rodebaugh, of Belle Vernon; three grandchildren, Jaelyn and Brian James Rossini and Logan Simmons; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janet and Larry Pfeister of Monongahela and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Mildred Giannamore of Levittown; a niece and a nephew; three aunts and an uncle. Preceding him in death was his grandson, Brian Donner Rossini Jr. who died 2003. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday where a service will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Gerald Demarest officiating. At the family's request, interment will be private and held in Mon-Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
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Sargent, Ruth 88

  • Elrama
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Jefferson Hills | Get Directions
  • Ruth Sargent, 88, of Elrama, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Kade Health and Rehab Center in Washington, Pa. She was born Dec. 28, 1926, in Union Township, the only daughter of Isaac and Mary Ball (Furlong) Heffner. She was a member of Elrama United Methodist Church, where she was involved in many of the church activities. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Sargent; and a brother, James Heffner. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Linda; son, Bill; grandson, Joel and his wife, Candace; and a brother, Ike Heffner. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements by STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, Jefferson Hills. For more information and condolences, visit www.stephendslater.com.
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Tanguay, Constance 67

  • Charleroi
  • Died: 2015-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Ball Funeral Chapel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Constance "Connie" Cramer Tanguay, 67, of Charleroi, died July 31, 2015. Beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Evelyn (Todd) Cramer; loving companion of Dennis Kreuter; cherished mother of Travis Kreuter and Kevin Tanguay; dear sister of June Yevincy (James), Jack Cramer, Gail Privette, Barbara Waggoner (Ace), Thomas Cramer (Sherry) and the late Susanna Raymond and Thelma Haight; treasured aunt and friend of many. Connie worked many years at the Charleroi Save-A-Lot and more recently for SPHS. Services are private. Arrangements by BALL FUNERAL CHAPEL INC. The family would like to thank ViaQuest Hospice for their loving care.
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Urban, Anna J. 91

  • Finleyville
  • Born: 1923-12-30
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Anna J. Urban, 91, of Finleyville, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at home peacefully with her daughter by her side. She was born Dec. 30, 1923, in Elrama, to the late Michael and Agnes (Cindrich) Uremovich. She was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in Elrama and was also a member of Christian Mother's of St. Isaac Jogues and C.F.U Lodge No. 248 of Clairton. She is survived by her daughter. Deborah A. (John) Hanus, with whom she resided; son, William D. (Janell) Urban, of Coraopolis; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Renee Hanus and Amanda and Chris Urban and David P. Urban; great-grandchild, Ruby Urban; sisters, Goldie Suty, of Finleyville, and Clara DiNofrio, of New Eagle; brother, Joseph Uremovich, of Finleyville; sister-in-law, Betty Uremovich, of Finleyville; also several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William G. Urban, who died July 11, 2005; sons, Robert M. Urban and David G. Urban; and a brother, George Uremovich. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard J. Tusky officiating. Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Palfrey, Barbara A. 75

  • Dunnellon, Fla.
  • Died: 2015-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Roberts Funeral Home, Dunnellon, Fla. | Get Directions
  • Barbara Ann Palfrey, 75, of Dunnellon, Fla., passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Legacy Hospice House. A native of Pennsylvania, she and her husband moved to Dunnellon in 1965 from St. Petersburg, Fla. Mrs. Palfrey was a homemaker and very involved in youth sports activities in this area. She attended Riverland Baptist Church in Dunnellon. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard Palfrey; son, Patrick Stephen Palfrey (Kristine); sister, Nancy Fritski; and two grandchildren, Megan Lynn and Zachery Stephen. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at Riverland Baptist Church, Dunnellon, Fla., with the Pastor Rex Carringer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to The Legacy House, C/O Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478. Condolence messages may be left online at www.robertsofdunnellon.com.
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Peterson, Arlene M.

  • Hampton, Va.
  • Died: 2015-08-01
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Hampton | Get Directions
  • Arlene M. Peterson passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and has been a Peninsula resident for the past 32 years. Arlene retired from the Department of Defense as a claims examiner after 25 years of service. She loved animals, especially her dog, Buddy. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, David Peterson; daughter, Nancy Peterson; nephews, Jesse Metiver and Jeff Madden; and nieces, Laura Dobrich, Jennifer Morinigo and Shelly Reigle. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at R. HAYDEN SMITH FUNERAL HOME, downtown Hampton. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Arlene's honor to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 757-723-3191.
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